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Boris Johson unveiled 3D Model of ‘Arch of Triumph’ in Trafalgar Square

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

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    Vertex Modelling, the remote sensing and 3D Modelling specialists, is working with the Institute of Digital Archaeology, on an accurate scale recreation of the ‘Arch of Triumph’, Palmyra.

    The to-scale replica of the Arch of Triumph can be announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, in Trafalgar Square, on 19 April 2016 at 1PM.



    The recreation of the Arch of Triumph was a highly technical system. Due to the destruction of much of Palmyra and inaccessibility of the site, Vertex Modelling was unable to take laser scans of the size and additional detail of the Arch. The team invented an alternative methodology, constructing the version of nearly 350 photographs provided by the Institute of Digital Archaeology. These photographs included high resolution shots of the decorative additional details of the structure. The photogrametry technique is a quite powerful mean to create 3D data for 3D Printing.

    The first layout of the Arch was captured based on individual site photos and historic measurements. Once the important size were plotted, the additional detail of the recessed decorations was digitally sculpted. This highly additional detailed version was and so retopologized, producing the version additional tightly created, but equally as additional detailed. This 3D version was and so milled out of marble in Italy in a true-to-life size, 1:1 scale, and displayed in Trafalgar Square.

    Michal Konicek, Manager of Vertex Modelling, said: “The restoration of the Arch of Triumph has been a excellent achievement. The system of delivering it to life was highly harsh as we did not have the original to work of. The standard and level of additional detail required by the Digital Archaeology Institute was amazingly high, but we are always pleased to take on a challenge. Drilling down into the additional details of the create and texturing of the Arch was created all the additional complex as for sure parts we just had a few pictures as a reference – and this is where having team of amazingly talented and committed 3D versionlers created all the difference. It is has been an incredibly rewarding project, and we are honoured to see it placed in Trafalgar Square – a true feat of create and innovation, delivering a historic site back to life”.

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